Sydney Control Tower - 1989

Botany BayCook's RiverAFTN teleprinterradar displayaerodrome lighting controls and navaid monitoringSenior Tower Controller (STC)Aerodrome Controller (ADC)Coordinator (COORD)Surface Movement Controller (SMC) and traineeFlight Data Officer (FDO)signal lamp

This shot shows the view from the Control Tower at Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport on 14 September 1989. This was the fourth Tower at Sydney - click here for Towers one, two and three. This Tower was located on General Holmes Drive by the diverted Cook's River and on the shore of Botany Bay, as seen in the background of this shot.

The crew on that day were, from left to right: Steve Gibson (with sunglasses), Tower Manager; Col McCurley (at back); unknown visitor (with hands in pockets); Rollo (Rock) Crawford with binoculars, Senior Tower Controller; Steve Davidson, ADC; Jeff Lockey, COORD; Terry Horn, SMC; Tim Sercombe, training on SMC; Phil Coxsedge. The person sitting behind the Controllers and the Flight Data Officer, at the rear of the console, are unidentified.

A new Operations Building was constructed adjacent to the Tower to house the Sydney Area Approach Control Centre (AACC), incorporating the Bright Display radar system. The Tower and Operations Building were built on reclaimed land between 1968 and 1972, and cost 3 million dollars. The Tower itself was six storeys, or 64 ft (19.5 m), high and the two buildings were linked by a walkway at the first floor.

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This photo was taken in the days before the construction of the parallel runway 16R/34L. The additional runway required the construction of a new Tower situated between the parallel runways.


(Photo: CAHS collection)

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